There is a new sign on the church door: “Closed for the public worship”. Saint Mary's looks empty and cold behind the closed doors. Some parishioners used to wait for Saturday Vigil Holy Mass over one hour in the parking lot. The parking is covered with snow and ice and is empty today. As we celebrate the Feast of Saint Stephen on thhis first day after Christmas, we realize that our faith to be strong must be tested continually. When 6 years ago I celebrated Christmas at Saint Mary's there were over1500 parishioners and guests joining me at the manger at various Christmas Masses. This year only 350 attended. It took us a while to organize the seats for them, to label every pew, but still many remined empty … Was it the virus or snow, I do not know. I offered the prayers for those who dared to come and also for those who stayed at home. The trial begins. The church may look cold and empty, but it is not. There is here, the constant presence of the Lord. The read light by the tabernacle is on. The Lord is here and is waiting …
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The closed door is not a barrier for prayer and love!